Margaret AWinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: The article by Drs Fisher and
Welch1 uses semantics and faulty logic and
condemns medical growth and progress. The authors fail to have a real-world
grasp of how technology is brought to application by clinicians, do not respect
the free market in ideas or economics, give physicians no credit for dealing
with complex issues, and assign mercenary motives to most decisions. They
claim, for instance, that "Physicians rarely stop with a diagnosis." Their
choice of words also reveals a clear bias; words such as "tampering" and "pseudodisease"
are pejorative, unsubstantiated, or both.
Wolicki KT. Advances in Medical Care: Promise, Problems, and Proper Application. JAMA. 1999;282(10):938-939. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-10-jbk0908